Permanent representative of Nebenzya: Russia can export 25 million tons of grain in the second half of the year The accusations against Russia about the food crisis are blasphemous, the permanent representative to the UN is sure. Moscow can export 25 million tons of grain from August to the end of the year. For the whole of last year, Russia exported 30 million tons of grain =”Nebenzya promised to export 25 million tons of grain from Russia” />
Amid the food crisis, Russia remains a responsible supplier of energy resources and grain crops, this year a record wheat harvest is predicted in the country, and therefore in the second half of the year Moscow can export 25 million tons of grain. This was stated by Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya at a meeting of the UN Security Council on conflicts and food security.
“We can offer 25 million tons of grain for export from the first of August until the end of the year through the port in Novorossiysk. You can discuss other purchases,»,— said the diplomat.
Nebenzya called “not just absurd, but blasphemous” accusations of representatives of Western countries against Russia on the threat of a food crisis. He asked: “If you don’t want to lift your self-imposed sanctions, then why are you blaming us for the food crisis? Why should the poorest countries and regions suffer from your irresponsible geopolitical games?».
Moscow has reasonable suspicions about where the grain from Ukraine is going, he continued, suggesting that it goes not to the starving southern states, but to the granaries of European countries. The Russian permanent representative admitted that Kyiv is thus paying for weapons supplied by Western countries. Nebenzya urged representatives of Western states to publicly refute these doubts and explain “how these deliveries contribute to strengthening global food security, which you are so concerned about in words.”
Russia and Ukraine &mdash ; one of the largest suppliers of grain in the world, follows from the data of the foreign agricultural service of the US Department of Agriculture. In the 2021/22 season, which began in July, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine — 10%.
At the same time, Ukraine is among the leaders in the export of corn in the world, its share is 14% (Russia has — 2%). Exports of Russian and Ukrainian suppliers of sunflower oil and meal used to be about 80%
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At a meeting of the UN Security Council, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken criticized Moscow. He called on all countries of the organization to influence Russia, arguing that its actions exacerbate the food crisis in Ukraine, and about 20 million tons of grain remain unused in the country. At the same time, Blinken continued, Ukrainian farmers put on body armor and helmets while continuing to harvest. “Ukrainians go to great lengths to feed their people and feed the world,” — emphasized the American Secretary of State.
UN Secretary General António Guterres on the eve called for the admission of food and fertilizers of Russian and Belarusian production to world markets. Together with “reintegration” Ukrainian-made goods, these measures would be the best solution to the threat of a food crisis, he concluded. I am in close contact on these issues with the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Turkey, the United States and the European Union, as well as a number of other key countries. Guterres said. Blinken assured that the United States made exceptions to sanctions and did not impose restrictive measures on food exports.
In total, Russia is expected to harvest 130 million tons of grain this year, including 87 million tons of wheat. This will be a record figure in the history of Russia, President Vladimir Putin said in mid-May. Last year, 121.4 million tons of grain were harvested, in 2020— 132.7 million tons
In the whole of 2021, Russia exported 30 million tons of grain, 100 states came forward as buyers, said Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov. Turkey, Egypt and the countries of South Asia became the largest buyers.